With so many serious topics in the headlines at home and around the world, I decided to write something a bit lighter this time around by taking a look at some little-known holidays (there are hundreds of them) that some observe.
For example, October is National Sarcasm Awareness Month. As someone once said, “No, really it is, so beware, it’s real, and it’s out there.”
Here are some other October holidays that I know you are just dying to hear about:
If none of these days catch your fancy, then just create your own special day. It could go national like creators of special days before you. One woman took a daily walk near her office building every day, and though she made a point of smiling day after day at people along the way, no one ever smiled back at her. So she created the Great American Grump Out Day (May 25). She took her idea to schools, where children made smile banners to wave at motorist as they drove by. A radio station liked the idea, publicized it, and it took off.
Some are not just about complaining but are trying to find a solution, so they also created special days: Hunt for Happiness Week (Jan. 16-22); Pay a Compliment Day (Feb. 6); and National Feel the Love Day (Sept. 7). Please don’t forget about National Enthusiasm Week (Sept. 1-7).
If you think about it, I’m sure there are many days, which someone started because of a personal peeve like National Cellphone Courtesy Month (July 1), getting free publicity for their business, or promoting their favorite hobby. One newspaper columnist wrote about an elephant collector who started Elephant Appreciation Day (Sept. 22) in honor of his favorite animal.
July has a host of other holidays that caught my eye, and though the month has passed, you’ll be prepared early to celebrate next year. So do hold on to the list. You wouldn’t want to miss out on anything. Life is just too short to miss out on a celebration, don’t you think?
Mayrene Bates is a trustee on the Solano County Board of Education.